Although this area of Southern Portugal is known as a renowned seaside resort, it offers its visitors a more wild side. Thus, the region is rich with sublime natural spaces for those who want to visit the Algarve off the beaten track. Make yourself at one with nature while admiring breathtaking landscapes, and let yourself be subdued by the calm of the surroundings... a real moment of pause in the tumult of this beautiful region.
It is the border between the Northern Algarve and the rest of Portugal. It is the ideal place for hikers and nature lovers! Starting from the commune of Monchique, you will be able to contemplate a magnificent landscape with chestnut trees, eucalyptus or sublime mimosa flowers. At the top of Picota you can admire an extraordinary view overlooking the surroundings.
This marshy park that stretches over 60km is home to incredible biodiversity. The view is truly breathtaking, so the geography of this place is out of the ordinary. From this magical place you will be able to contemplate the fauna and the flora of the region thanks to excursions on land or sea.
Lose yourself in this labyrinth of islets and be impressed by the beauty and richness of the place. A visit to the natural park guarantees moments that combine discovery, nature and wonder for the whole family. You will learn more about local ecosystems and discover one side of the wildest Algarve.
Rejuvenate yourself in an almost wild nature along the trail of the Seven Suspended Valleys. The clever mix of the green vegetation, the deep blue of the ocean and the gold of the cliffs will conquer the hearts of lovers of landscapes. Prepare to take out your camera to capture this stunning view, a unique work of time.
Indeed, in the past, each valley was interconnected, but time and erosion contributed to shaping this landscape as it can be seen today.
The point to not miss if you make a hike in this corner, is the cave of Benagil. Hidden next to the lowest point of the trail, this cave will surprise you with its unique rock formation.
If you want to complete the whole route, plan a full day and a pair of comfortable shoes as a round trip lasts 6 hours. For a unique experience, do not hesitate to picnic along the trail in a corner of greenery, to admire, on a lunch break, the incredible view that this place offers.
This place will delight nature lovers because the Cabo de Sao Vicente is an area classified as a nature reserve since 1988. If you are lucky you will be able to see the local fauna, such as otters, herons, eagles and many others.
Outside of breathtaking scenery, you will also find many historical constructions such as a lighthouse or the fortress of Sagres, symbols of the Portuguese explorations of the 15th century.
With its peculiar rocks, this cliff is one of the most beautiful landscapes in the whole region. The gold of its rocks contrasts with the turquoise of the water and the spectacle is only more beautiful when the sun sets. For an exceptional angle of view, do not hesitate to embark on a boat to admire the view of this wonder of the nature. For the more sporty, kayak excursions and Stand Up Paddle are organised, so that you can entertain yourself in an exceptional setting.
A stay in the Algarve region would not be complete without visiting at least one of its beaches. Bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, it offers a very wide choice of beaches so that everyone can find the square of sand perfect to place their towel. Among the most beautiful beaches of the region, do not hesitate to visit the beach of Odeceixe which offers a part near the ocean, ideal for surfing, and a part on the river side, calmer for families with children on the search for tranquility.
For incredible views, visit the beach of Quinta Do Lago, a true paradise with miles of golden sand and tranquility. Many other gorgeous beaches line the island and only wait for you for a moment of unique relaxation with family or friends.
For the more adventurous, we advise you to try to go to the beaches more difficult to access to enjoy the walk that will take you to real little corners of paradise. Most of the time you wind through the forests of fragrant pines. Breathe the smell of these trees that give off scents of summer and holidays!